by Dr. Rich Weigel
What is blocking your progress that keeps you from realizing your full potential as a Christian coach? You’ve lived enough life to know that everyone has different problems, challenges, complications, concerns, or issues added to their life that tend to block them from reaching their potential. As a Christian, there may be even more things that happen to block your potential. Jesus told us that life in this world would not be easy when he said in John 18:15 (NIV), “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” So, what might be blocking your progress that might be remedied as we look forward to our working together in 2021?
As I reflect on coaching as a profession, my vision for coaching, and my desire to help others, I have come to the conclusion that no person can fully reach their potential by themselves. The multiple blockages throughout each person’s life often cause blind spots that keep them from seeing what might be obvious to someone else. So, when an individual has loving people in their life who accept them for who they are, cares about their future, believes in their potential, and wants to help them to improve, then that individual has something of great worth.
From my perspective as president of CCNI this past year, that is who we have been working to become and who we will continue to be in the future. We are not an individual, but we are an organization with the simplest of agendas. We exist to lovingly accept you as you are right now in your coaching journey. We care about your future. We believe in your potential. And we want to help you to improve so you can be your best for God’s calling for your life.
First, we accept you for who you are right now. When you look over the range of talents and skills of our fellow Christian coaches, some of our members are just beginning their coaching journey while others have been effectively coaching for years. It does not matter if someone has a lucrative coaching business or if they are struggling to find clients to gain experience. Wherever you are on your coaching adventure, we accept, appreciate, and enjoy you as an integral part of the body of Christ within the Christian coaching community.
CCNI cares deeply about your future as an individual and as a coach. The year 2020 has already been discussed by many people as one of the most tumultuous years they have witnessed in their life. As I watch what is happening as a result, there is a growing uncertainty and concern among people throughout the world. Your future as a Christian coach has the potential to help many people who need your coaching expertise to help them to overcome the pressures they feel. Your future as a Christian coach includes your unique opportunity to change the world for the better.
Next, we believe in your potential. As you know, life’s journey is uncertain and unpredictable. As you’re traveling along your personal coaching highway, it is not uncommon to come across detours, road construction, traffic jams, or even some comfortable parking lots. There are times when you wonder what’s next, what happened, or where can I find the next road to get me where I want to go. CCNI wants to be your personal GPS to help you find that next road along your coaching journey. We are going to be there for you, always believing in your potential to reach your destination.
I’ve often described love and accountability within the same venue. Why? Because when you truly love someone, you help them to become all of what they can be – even when they struggle at times to see it for themselves. That means holding people accountable for what they say they want or what they say they will do. Improvement includes coaching and supporting to help each person find the next thing, next idea, next path that helps them in their professional and personal Christian coaching growth. At CCNI, we consistently design our programs to provide opportunities for the improvement of our Christian coaching family.
Putting all of that together would make CCNI a program of great worth for you as a Christian coach. As I mentioned earlier, our agenda is simply to help you – our brothers and sisters in Christ – who are using coaching as a means to help others.
From my study, I believe that God is more interested in who we are becoming than who we are right now. With that in mind, I’m grateful that all of us involved with CCNI are engaged with helping our fellow Christian coaches to reach the next step of our individual potential.
Our potential is God’s gift to us; what we do with that potential is our gift to God.
If you have a story to tell about how our work together has helped you to reach your potential, we would love to have you share it with us. I’d love to hear from you and compile your thoughts to build my next article for the February CCNI newsletter.